Lots of Pavement fans are whetting their whistles as the first new solo music from band founder Stephen Malkmus hit the street this past week. I really like the new tracks I've heard from the just released Discretion Grove EP - definitely made to be played loud - so warm up those speakers, kids! Malkmus' new identity as a solo artist is staked out February 13 when Matador Records releases the new full-length album, which might or might not be entitled Swedish Reggae. And dig this flashback to a golden age - a flexi-single of "Jo Jo's Jacket" can be found in the pages of the new issue of Magnet magazine, to hit stands any day now. ... Creed releases a tasty single this week in the U.K., as the CD and claret-colored vinyl seven-inch both feature an acoustic take on their "Arms Wide Open." ... This one looks to be spectacularly special, folks: The Stereophonics have announced a mid-February all-acoustic mini-tour of these United States. One of the premier smart British pop-rock bands, the group has never really reached a large audience here. A new album, J.E.E.P. (Just Enough Education to Perform), is due this spring on the V2 imprint. ... Another hot British band is also preparing for an unusual upcoming performance. Believe it or not, the Manic Street Preachers will play live in Havana, Cuba, on February 17 in the 5,000-seat capacity Marx Theatre, in what is being touted as the first rock band to visit and play in the Castro era. This much is very cool: The admission price to local residents is 25 cents. ... Fans of New York hardcore legends Type O Negative are treated to special re-mastered CD re-issues this Tuesday from Carnivore, the former project of lead singer Peter Steele. Both of the band's corpse-grinding late-1980s releases, a self-titled debut and Retaliation, are polished up on Roadrunner with bonus tracks, new photos, and expanded liner notes. ... This should prove to be very interesting. A second Sopranos soundtrack is due in March, with Bob Dylan performing his take on Dean Martin's 1962 hit "Return To Me." Other music is promised from Elvis Costello, A3, Cream, and Silvio Dante himself - "Little Steven" Van Zant. If you've been hooked into the Sopranos, the brilliant "soap opera for men" on HBO, you've no doubt thrilled to the driving buzz created by the show's tasteful soundtrack direction. Did you catch the night Nick Lowe's "The Beast In Me" closed down the credits? Pure perfection.

Television Alert:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Jill Scott tonight, Joan Osborne on Thursday, and Sting on Monday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Isaac Hayes tonight, and former Verve singer/songwriter Richard Ashcroft on Friday; Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher gets as un-PC as it gets with vegan-slayer Ted Nugent on Friday overnight; and The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn gives it up for the fantastic Grandaddy on Thursday overnight, and Shelia E. on Friday overnight.

New Releases Coming Tuesday, January 23:

and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change ... .

Horace Andy - Wicked Dem A Burn: The Best of (Fuel 2000) 20-track collection from the reggae legend most recently a vocalist with Massive Attack

Autechre - Peel Sessions 2 (Warp)

Blenderhead - Figureheads on the forefront of Pop Culture (Tooth and Nail)

Blueline Music - A Working Title in Green (Fueled By Ramen) from Melbourne, Australia

John Coltrane - Coltrane for Lovers (Verve/Impulse) perfect Valentine's Day collection with three vocal selections with Johnny Hartman

Compton's Most Wanted - When We Was Bangin' (The Right Stuff) retrospective of their original gangster music to drive by

Death By Chocolate - Death by Chocolate (Jetset) featuring a cover of Cat Stevens' "If You Want To Sing Out Sing Out" made famous by the duet by Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort in the cult flick Harold and Maude

Diffuser - Injury Loves Melody (Hollywood) last heard on the Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack

DJ Sharaz - Out of Nowhere (Streetbeat) new from this hot breaks-music producer

DJ Venom - House Blend Seven (Strictly Hype) hard house

The Donnas - The Donnas Turn 21 (Lookout) featuring a cover of Judas Priest's "Living after Midnight"

Earth Crisis - Last of the Sane (Victory) old and new rarities featuring cover versions of songs by Slayer, Dead Kennedys, Black Sabbath, the Rolling Stones, Misfits, and Led Zeppelin

Tim Easton - The Truth about Us (New West) featuring guests Victoria Williams, Marc Olson of the Jayhawks, and members of Wilco, That Dog, and American Music Club

15 Minutes - original motion picture soundtrack (1500 Records) this new Robert De Niro action-film soundtrack contains music from Prodigy, Gus Gus, Moby, Breakbeat Era, and a nifty cover of David Bowie's "Fame" by God Lives Underwater

The Flower Kings - Back in the World of Adventures (Inside Out/EBS)

Flying Blind - Push (Republic)

Foundation - Foundation (Fueled By Ramen) featuring members of Ann Baretta

Jerry Garcia Band - Don't Let Go (Grateful Dead/Arista) two-CD set recorded May 21, 1796, in San Francisco

Gentle Waves - Falling from Grace (Jeepster/Never) new EP from Isobel Campbell of Belle & Sebastian

Ghetto E - Ghetto Theater (TVT) debut solo album from the Dayton Family member with guests Bootleg, Esham, and MC Breed

Godhead - 2,000 Years of Human Error (Posthuman/Priority) first band on Marilyn Manson's new label, featuring a cover of "Eleanor Rigby"

The Gossip - That's Not What I Heard (Kill Rock Stars)

John Wesley Harding - Awake (Appleseed) re-issue from 1996 with four bonus tracks

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (Capitol) 30th-anniversary edition remastered with five bonus tracks

The Invisible Circus - original motion picture soundtrack (Chapter III) with two new songs by Yo La Tengo written for the film

Etta James - Love Songs (Chess/MCA) new collection featuring her take on "Someone To Watch Over Me"

Josh Joplin Group - Useful Music (Artemis) produced by former Talking Head Jerry Harrison

Sleepy Labeef - Rockabilly Blues (Bullseye) 12 new tracks featuring his cover of Muddy Waters' "Manish Boy"

Christopher Lawrence - United States of Trance (Moonshine)

Jennifer Lopez - J. Lo (Epic)

Freddie Mercury - The Video Collection (Hollywood) 11-track collection of all the Queen vocalist's solo videos

The Moths - Lepid Opera (LunaSea)

Mouthwash - 1,000 Dreams (Hellcat)

Phunk Junkeez - Sex, Drugs, and Rap n' Roll (Trauma) with guest Sen Dog of Cypress Hill Primitive Radio Gods - White Hot Peach (What Are Records?)

Raging Slab - Dealer (Tee Pee) new CD or gatefold-sleeve LP

Cutty Ranks - Back with a Vengeance (Artists Only) the return of reggae dancehall's greatest

The Red Telephone - Cellar Songs (Raise Giant Frogs)

The Residents - Icky Flix (East Side Digital) DVD release

Mr. Short Khop - Da Khop Shop (Heavyweight/TVT) discovered by Ice Cube

Splunge - Room for Abuse (Jump Up) hot pop-punk ska from Europe

Sugar & Spice - original motion picture soundtrack (Trauma) with a cover of Tom Petty's "American Girl" by Cindy Alexander

U2 - "Stuck In a Moment" (IMPORT) second of a two-part CD five-inch single from the new album

various artists - Rarewerks (Astralwerks) featuring rare Air, Fatboy Slim, and Chemical Brothers tracks

Voice Of a Generation - Obligations to the Odd (Epitaph)

The Who - Thirty Years of Maximum R&B Live (MCA) two-and-a-half hour DVD re-issue featuring rare documentary footage, interviews, and live material from 1965 to 1989

Joel Xavier & Andy Lekker - Whoop! Records Progressive Trance (Topaz)

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